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April 4-6, 2025

Word of South

Ben Holmes & Patrick Farrell

Ben Holmes & Patrick Farrell are a trumpet and accordion duo whose performances range from klezmer, original concert music and improvisation to interpretations of Romantic-era composers and more. They bring together a unique array of experiences to present a truly original program of music ranging from the 19th-21st century. In the “The Conqueror Worm Suite,” they create a 6-part suite of music, words and images based on Edgar Allan Poe’s 1843 poem “The Conqueror Worm”. Using Igor Stravinsky’s “The Soldier’s Tale” as a reference point, “The Conqueror Worm Suite” consists of a reading of the poem surrounded by original music inspired by it. Holmes and Farrell present their compositions, Poe’s original text, and, in performance, a projected set of animated illustrations by the visual artist Natalie C. Sousa.